Here's another video sub of Hotei visiting Downtown on Hey Hey Hey Music Champ again. I know I already subbed a video of the same people, but whenever these people meet, there's bound to be lots of laughs.
They were talking about a man called 'Yazawa' at the start. They're referring to this guy:
If I was to compare him to someone in the Western world, he would probably be something like the Japanese Elvis Presley that didn't die from overdosing in a toilet. I"ve yet to start collecting his music, but I do have some very nice ones of his. Like Elvis, he used to be the heartthrob for most of the female population back in the day because he looked like this:
It's About As Easy As A Raccoon...
For some part of the video, they're talking about the electric aided bike 'Lacoon'. I looked it up after subbing and found out that its actually 'Raccoon'....made by Honda, but oh well.
At some point, Hamada asks if its easy to ride the Raccoon and Hotei answers 'Raku..maa, Rakuun te iu gurai desukara' 楽.... まぁ、ラクーンって言うぐらいですから。He made a play on words here, as stated in the video....so I'll just take some time to explain what it was.
Raku ( 楽) in this context, means 'Easy' (but can mean fun/entertaining, if written like this 楽しい 'Tanoshii').
Raku is the what Raccoon (Rakuun, if Japanised) begins with.
So, say that Raccoon is actually called Easicoon,
what he actually said was "Easy...? Well, they call it the Easicoon"....kind of thing.
I know that's not what I wrote on the video but, well........theres not enough time or space for it, and would have been a little confusing so I just changed. it flows pretty naturally anyway. まっ、それはそれで.
Why Hide Your Thumbs When Hotei Comes?
This was one thing that I thought REAALLY needed explaining. After Matsumoto said that, Hotei responds, "What am I, a hearse?"
A hearse, if you are unaware is a funeral car.
Their is a superstition in Japan that you must hide your thumbs when a hearse passes, or else you will be cursed to be unable to be at your parents deathbeds. I didn't even know that so I had to look it up. Not really sure what the reason behind the superstition is though....
Hmm can't really think of anything else that needs explaining. If you've got any question feel free to comment